Students Pack Meals for the Hungry

Over 200 people volunteered to pack 40,000 meals at Monte Vista High School on Monday morning.

What student would not want to sleep in when given the chance?

Close to 200 Monte Vista High School students waived the privilege Monday and donned firetruck red hairnets to pack 40,000 meals for hungry children around the world.

"Events like this are incredible learning opportunities for students,” explained Randy Montesanto, Principal of Monte Vista High School. “It opens their eyes to issues affecting other students in the world and shows them their small actions have a large impact. We all have a responsibility to work together to build a future for those less fortunate.”

The volunteer students and staff spent the morning packing rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and packets of vitamins, which will be sent to those in need. Each package only costs 29-cents and has a shelf life of two years.

The school also partnered with Stop Hunger Now and the nearby Foothills United Methodist Church to host the fun and impact event.

This event was certainly meaningful to student, Kenneth Stevens.

“I like to help people and I like working with food,” said Stevens. “My career counselor told me I’m going to be a bartender and I said, 'No, if I’m going to package stuff, I’m going to package stuff to help people.'”

To learn more about how you can get involved with Stop Hunger Now, click here.

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